Sensational Devotion: Evangelical Performance in Twenty-First-Century America (Hardback)Jill C. Stevenson (author)
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Stevenson shows how these genres are significant and influential cultural products that utilise sophisticated tactics in order to reach large audiences comprised of firm believers, extreme sceptics, and those in between. Using historical research coupled with personal visits to these various venues, the author not only critically examines these spaces and events within their specific religious, cultural, and national contexts, but also places them within a longer devotional tradition in order to suggest how they cultivate religious belief by generating vivid, sensual, affectively oriented, and individualised experiences.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
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"[Stevenson] offeres a fascinating, challenging, and necessary survey of how evangelical Christianity performs itself and its theologies in a variety of locales and formats. ... The volume is eminently readable, and Stevenson's style is accessible but still scholarly. This book will be valuable in a variety of disciplines."